The School of Economics provides high-quality programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and to a minor or certificate in Economics for students in other disciplines. The program focuses on skills and knowledge critical for a life of learning and leading to careers in management, the public sector, academics, and the professions. A degree in economics is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue advanced degrees in the social sciences and in professional schools of management, law, and public administration.

The School of Economics also offers graduate courses leading to a Master of Science degree and in support of Ph.D. programs in management, public policy, industrial and systems engineering, and city and regional planning.

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  • The Relationship Between Annual GDP Growth and Income Inequality: Developed and Undeveloped Countries 

    Luan, Zeyao; Zhou, Ziyi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    The hypothesis is that there exists a linear relationship between income inequality and annual GDP growth rate. When the GDP growth rate decreases, the income inequality also decreases. The researchers measured this across ...
  • GDP versus Manufacturing Output: Proof of Movement of Standardized Processes 

    Matute, Athena (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    Since the early 2000’s there has been a decline in the share of labor in manufacturing in most developed countries around the world. Using World Bank data sets that include information on rich, middle, and poor nations, ...
  • Economic Patterns in Voting 

    Bland, Robert L.; Little, S. Grace (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    After the controversial election of 2016, many questions were left unanswered by traditional polling and prediction standards. Our paper aims to examine economic and demographic behaviors that drive voting patterns in three ...
  • Economic Factors Affecting Homelessness in the United States 

    Braiterman, Shira; Jacobs, Ryan; Murray, Shannon (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    As the cost of housing in the United States rises while wages have stagnated, homelessness becomes a more pressing issue with every passing year. This paper seeks to identify economics characteristics, natural attributes, ...
  • Factors Explaining Life Satisfaction Across Countries 

    Denes, Julien; Koh, Jong Rak; Lee, Tim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    The factors explaining the happiness level at large scale are still unclear and debated. In this paper, we discuss a potential causal relationship between wealth and life satisfaction at the national level. Using the Gallup ...
  • The Economic Impact of Research and Development 

    Surani, Sana; Gendron, Will; Maredia, Swati (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    To increase economic growth and productivity, countries often invest in research and development (R&D). This is often an indicative of a country’s dedication to science and technology. The broader literature suggests that ...
  • Is College Worth the Money? A Look on the Effects of Bachelor’s Degrees to the Unemployment Rate 

    Desai, Aatum; Gir, Sameer; Nohl, Adam (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    This paper aims to quantify the effect continuing with higher education after high school has on the unemployment rate. Fifty states were used as data points in this analysis to ascertain whether attending college greatly ...
  • A Study of How Individual School Characteristics Affect School Performance 

    Gallagher, Andrew; Hayes, Cavan; Parr, Nathaniel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    According to the Georgia Department of Education, over 20 billion dollars are spent on public education in Georgia every year. Knowing this, it is critical to understand what factors have the largest impact on student ...
  • An Examination of the Economic Effects of the Winter Olympics 

    Jaramillo, Rebekah; Nicholson, John (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    The Olympic Games are one of the world’s largest sporting events with millions travelling to watch them in person and tens of millions more watching on television. These staggering figures underlie the debate over the ...
  • Factors Affecting Corruption in Developing and Emerging Countries 

    Chedraui, Jose Ernesto; Arcaraz, Fernanda; Botero, Andrea (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    Economic and social indices of a country are becoming increasingly important in explaining a developing and emerging country’s level of corruption. Using a Control of Corruption indicator, explained by GDP per capita, ...
  • Modern Day Evaluation of the Preston Curve: The Relationship Between Life Expectancy and Income 

    Garcia, Juan; Narvil, Jasper; Oh, Soobin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    The Preston Curve has long served as the foundation of global health policy with significant attention given to its implication that income has a causal effect on life expectancy. Our research sets to evaluate this ...
  • Econometric Analysis: Effect of Barriers on Trade 

    Goerzen, Alexander; Schussler, Brandon; Suriano, Niccolo (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    In this analysis we seek to investigate the impact of various import tariffs on trade as a percentage of GDP. Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) set up defined tariffs to help facilitate trade with one another. ...
  • Income Inequality as a Determinant of Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Analysis 

    Suwoto, Tiffany; Zhai, Yebo (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    In this study, we seek to find a relationship between income inequality and economic growth. Despite years of extensive research dedicated to finding a relationship between the two, past studies and existing literature ...
  • Quality of Public Education based on the State’s Economics 

    Hill, Matt; McGee, Gabi; Quinones, Morgan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    It is proposed that the economic conditions of a state can explain the quality of public education in that state. The GDP per capita, personal income per capita, and poverty levels for each state are observed to evaluate ...
  • Happiness and Traffic: An Analysis of Long Term Effects 

    Hays, Tanna; Olds, Preston; Spence, John (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    Traffic has a profound effect on how humans perceive their own happiness. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the short term happiness losses associated with traffic lead to lower overall happiness for people ...
  • Effect of GDP Per Capita on National Life Expectancy 

    Dayanikli, Gokce; Gokare, Varsha; Kincaid, Brian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    Using cross sectional data from several sources, this paper seeks to find a correlation between per capita GDP, public health expenditure, and average years of education with the cross country life expectancy as measured ...
  • Impact of Educational Attainment on Crime in the United States: A Cross-Metropolitan Analysis 

    Gentry, Brian; Mokkapati, Rishab; Rampersad, Kiran (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    This study seeks to find a relationship between educational attainment of the population aged 18 years and older, and violent and property crime, in 342 metropolitan areas across the United States. While past studies have ...
  • Understanding How Unique Attributes Might Affect Poverty 

    Starbuck, Zachary (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    The paper starts out noting that poverty has become a major problem for numerous nations. It is argued here that poverty is probably correlated with education and that there are several factors which might have significant ...
  • Economic determinants of multilateral environmental agreements and their timing 

    Tian, Xinping (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-07-19)
    This dissertation examines the economic factors that contribute to countries’ cooperation on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Our results indicate that extensive economic interactions may help countries overcome ...
  • Competition and innovation in automobile markets 

    Ni, Jiayao (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-06-23)
    Innovation is viewed as critical to fostering the growth of markets, generating efficiencies, and improving welfare. In this study we examine the determinants and the shifting dynamics of innovation in the U.S. automobile ...

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